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Carsten Agger agger at
Fri Jan 19 13:09:43 UTC 2018

On 01/19/2018 01:51 PM, Carmen Bianca Bakker wrote:
> Hi Jonas,
> Je 2018-01-19 13:30:09, Jonas Oberg <jonas at> skribis:
>> And to follow up, since I can anticipate one answer :-), you can decide
>> what runs or what does not run on your computer. No one is forcing you to
>> run priorietary JavaScript from Google or Facebook. You just need to stop
>> using those services. When you accept to use a service, you also, implicitly
>> agree to the conditions by which that service is offered.
> That doesn't seem quite right.  Assuming both the server software and
> the client software is proprietary, then the difference is indeed
> minimal, though you could technically reverse-engineer the proprietary
> client software.  But assuming one or both are free, then I would
> _always_ pick client-side computing over server-side computing, because
> that gives me greater influence over Freedom 3; the right to modify the
> software.
> If the software exists somewhere on a server, then I would have to run
> my own server to exercise that freedom, which is often times
> impractical, sometimes impossible.  It is especially impractical when
> the servers aren't federated.  Reddit was for a long time Free Software,
> but almost nobody ran any Reddit servers of their own, because it is
> simply no use when all the users and data exist on the _real_ Reddit.
> But you're also right; if the terms of services of a certain service are
> objectionable and the software is not free, then the only thing you can
> truly do is simply not use the software.

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